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Agriculture

  • Appy nitrogen now, keep cows off

    I know we have had a wet year and, have a lot of hay stored.  For those of you who do not like to feed hay any more then you need to, you might want to put some nitrogen on some grass fields now and keep the cows off until first frost.  Remember, it costs 37 cents per head per day to graze a cow, and $2.50 per head per day to feed one cow hay.

    Agronomic Basics for Stockpiling Pastures:

  • Fair horse show is Aug. 8

    The 4-H Young Riders would like to invite everyone in Washington County to attend the annual Washington County Fair Horse Show scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. The show will be held at the Willisburg Community Park 4-H Horse Show Arena beginning at 4 p.m.  The gate fee is $2per person or $5 per car.  What a great way to spend an evening and support the community! Show bills are available from the Washington County Extension Office.  Classes include lead line and also classes for Walking, Racking, Hunter, Western Pleasure and Contest divisions.

  • Try controlling sweet corn pests; take some time to enjoy life

    I discussed tomatoes last week, so sweet corn gets the nod this week.  From what I have determined this has been the worst year in terms of actually getting to eat your sweet corn, even though it has been a bumper crop.  I am talking about the many critters that have been eating it before we do.  The calls I have gotten include birds, raccoons, deer, and of course worms.  Out of all of these the birds are probably the most difficult to control.  A scarecrow, some loud music, or maybe even some wind chimes or old cd’s hanging high in the patch to blow and flash

  • Reflecting on cow herd changes

    We received this article from Dr. Roy Burris, University of Kentucky Beef Specialist, and thought we should share it with our local beef producers.

    What’s Happening to the Cow Herd?

    If you’ve been in this business for a while, you’ve seen how the nation’s cow herd is always changing.  History can sometimes be a good teacher, so it is probably good to consider where we are now, and to reflect on where we have been.

  • Late blight is showing up early

    If you haven’t already started a fungicide program on your tomato plants this year, you may want to start.  Last week I, along with most agriculture agents and horticulture agents in the state, received an e-mail from the Vegetable Plant Disease Pathologist from the University of Kentucky.

  • 4-Hers attend camp, compete in horse show

    Fireworks, fried apple pies, boating, swimming, archery, campfire– all of the words say summer fun!  That’s what Washington County 4-Her’s experienced and more, June 29 – July 2  at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  Thirty-one campers and counselors from Washington County joined with Taylor, LaRue, Meade and Russell counties for a week of camp activities and fun.

  • Aquaculture Field Day set for July 25 in Frankfort

    Aquaculture enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn more about the enterprise at a July field day in Frankfort.

    Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are offering a free Aquaculture Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT July 25 at KSU’s Aquaculture Research Center. Participants will have a chance to learn more about research regarding largemouth bass, koi, freshwater prawn, crayfish and paddlefish.

  • Emerald ash borer quarantine specifics addressed

    Recently, the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist, in consultation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, issued a quarantine for 20 counties due to the emerald ash borer. Since the quarantine was issued, questions have arisen about the emerald ash borer, including controlling its spread and effects on ash trees.

  • UK ag meteorologist warns of livestock heat stress

    Recently Kentuckians have experienced some of the highest heat indices of the season. Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. With heat indices at or above that level this week, it’s critical for producers to be aware of what’s going on with the animals.

  • Be careful when spraying herbicides

    I have gotten several calls about plants doing weird things and having weird diseases only to get samples and home visits to determine that the plants were actually suffering from herbicide spray drift.  What gardeners need to realize is that not all herbicides stay where they are sprayed and that some plants are very sensitive to some of these chemicals.  Also, if you spray herbicide and it damages someone else’s plants you are liable.